Shorebirds in the Wadden Sea


April or May 2024 - FEE AND DATE NOT KNOWN YET

Suddenly all the oystercatchers, sandpipers and curlews choose air. The viewfinder image is filled with birds, the sound of calling oystercatchers and thousands of wings dominates. Cameras click, rattle. What a spectacle! The cause appears to be a peregrine falcon, now flying low over the sandbank.

We are on Ameland, the Wadden diamond. At high tide, wading birds seek out sandbanks and shallow water and thus come close to the coast of Ameland, within range of our cameras.

Do you also want to experience this? Then book a weekend workshop on Ameland led by award-winning Amelander photographer Anja Brouwer and award-winning photographer Martin van Lokven.

Besides birds on the mudflats, there is of course much more to photograph on Ameland. During this workshop we photograph young dunes on the North Sea beach at sunrise, the Wadden coast, the beach, poles on the beach, sand structures and maybe even a seal on the beach. And in addition to the birds on the mudflats, there are also many birds in the polders, such as barnacle geese. Sometimes even a red-breasted goose. Depending on the weather of that weekend, we look at where we can best take pictures.

We will stay in Buren, where we have two luxury villas at our disposal. From there we cover the mudflats in the south, the sun in the west and the beach in the north with three cars. We have a beamer and projection screen, so that we can discuss photos taken during the weekend.

Beautiful sand patterns on dune

What we especially want to teach you this weekend is to learn to look. Anticipating what we will see. The workshop is accessible to everyone, but it is not a basic workshop in which we extensively discuss the basics (shutter speed, aperture, ISO). This way we can spend the time we have on photography, on capturing the beautiful moments. With two workshop leaders we can give you a lot of attention. First and foremost is enjoying Ameland, being inspired by nature and having fun taking pictures!

Anja Brouwer was born and raised on Ameland. She knows the most beautiful places on Ameland and knows a lot about them. Nature photography is her passion and she has won several prizes with her photos, including winner of the Frans Lanting Photo Award WWF!
Martin van Lokven is a professional photographer for 25 years! He has been guiding travel within and outside Europe for almost 30 years, the last 20 years special photo tours. He has been giving workshops in the Netherlands since 2008. He was originally a biologist, a career he left behind 30 years ago. Martin is winner of several awards, including overall winner of the international Oasis Photo Contest.

Depending on the weather and the conditions of the weekend, we’ll see where we can best shoot. We will discuss the final program on site in consultation with you.

After your registration you will receive additional information by email.
We would like to inform you as well as possible. If you have any questions, please MAIL or call me.

Register via the REGISTRATION FORM.

Young dunes with beautiful sand patterns and marram grass


Dates: April or May, 2024
Time: Friday 12.30 - Sunday 14.30 hour
Location: Ameland, Buren
Minimum group size: 6
Maximum group size: 10
Fee: Not known yet

Beach poles almost under the sand


Ferry ticket
All transfers on the island with three cars
Breakfast (2x), lunch (2x) and diner (2x)
All drinks in the accommodations
Double/Twin (4x) with own bathroom and terrace
Single (2x) with shared bathroom  (additional € 55)
Photo reviews with beamer and screen

Parking in Holwerd

Workshop participants at sunset on the beach of Ameland.


Camera and lenses
If you have a macro lens, take it with you
If you have a tripod, take it with you
Full batteries and enough memory-cards
Clothes that can get dirty
Garbage bag for sitting and / or lying on
Boots or shoes for walking through water
Camera manual
Laptop and cardreader optional